OmniUpdate and Destiny Solutions Merge to Create Higher Education’s First Cloud-Based, End-to-End Student Digital Engagement Platform


Industry-Leading Content Management System Provider Joins Forces With Student Lifecycle Management Provider to Expand Offerings to the Higher Education Market


Camarillo, CA and Toronto, ONOctober 30, 2019—OmniUpdate, the leading web content management system (CMS) provider for higher education and Destiny Solutions, the leading student lifecycle management solution provider for non-traditional higher education, announced their merger today.

The merged entity represents the most innovative and comprehensive suite of digital marketing solutions in the higher education market, offering higher education’s first cloud-based, end-to-end student digital engagement platform. Services include Web Content Management, Student Lifecycle Management, Curriculum Management, Payment Processing, Real-Time Reporting, and Business Intelligence—all backed by full-service customer support.

The merged entity brings together over 450 college and university customers and more than 100,000 higher education professionals using OmniUpdate and Destiny Solutions products daily, plus an extensive network of partner relationships.

“We are thrilled to merge with Destiny Solutions to provide an even more comprehensive product portfolio to our joint customers,” said OmniUpdate CEO Lance Merker. “Destiny has an extensive suite of student lifecycle products that enable higher education institutions to engage their learners as customers and to operate like world-class businesses. Destiny is renowned for its product quality, professional services, and customer support, facilitating quick results for its partner institutions and making the company a natural cultural fit with OmniUpdate.”

“We are delighted to join forces with OmniUpdate,” said Peter DeVries, President of Destiny Solutions. “OmniUpdate has built higher education’s leading web content management solution and has an unparalleled reputation for innovation and customer support. As a combined entity, we have an exciting opportunity to accelerate growth and help our customers drive strategic outcomes for their institutions.”

The merged entity will operate from its current offices in the US and Canada, with headquarters in Camarillo, California. Lance Merker, previously CEO and co-founder of OmniUpdate will assume the role of CEO of the merged entity, and Peter DeVries from Destiny will serve as President and COO. The combined company brings together more than 150 employees with deep experience focusing solely on higher education clients.

The merger of the two companies was facilitated by The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm focused on investing in growing businesses valued at up to $400 million. Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has made more than 600 investments. The firm's international private equity and structured capital portfolios include more than 100 companies.

About OmniUpdate
OmniUpdate is the definitive partner of choice among web content management system (CMS) providers in higher education. Backed by award-winning training and support, OmniUpdate’s OU Campus® CMS is the easiest to use with features and modules designed to meet higher ed’s unique needs. When you partner with OmniUpdate, you become part of the OmniUpdate community, a worldwide group of thousands of likeminded higher ed professionals and industry experts. For more information, visit

About Destiny Solutions
Destiny Solutions is committed to providing non-traditional learners with an outstanding customer experience. The company’s SaaS platform, Destiny One, is a student lifecycle management software platform made specifically for higher education administrators serving non-traditional students. Destiny One allows colleges and universities to deliver education across the modern lifelong learning lifecycle, supports revenue and enrollment growth through an eCommerce-enhanced customer experience, secures sensitive data, and delivers the agility needed for today’s institutions to be competitive. For more information, visit

Last updated: October 30, 2019

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